Weight-control efforts can carry on after obesity-gene test, study says

09/9/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

People who underwent obesity-gene testing had a positive opinion about the procedure, and reported attaining reductions in weight-related emotional stress, fat stigma and self-blame, according to a study in the Journal of Genetic Counseling. "These results are encouraging. Regardless of gene status or weight, all the volunteers recognized that both genes and behavior are important for weight control. The results indicate that people are unlikely to believe that genes are destiny and stop engaging with weight control once they know their FTO status," study leader Susanne Meisel said in a news release.

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